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Newcastle United Monitoring The Progress Of This German Defender: The Right Fit For Bruce?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Calciomercato (translated by Sport Witness), Newcastle United have sent a scout to catch Koray Gunter in action for Hellas Verona in their 0-0 draw versus Udinese on Tuesday evening. The same source has also revealed that the Magpies boss Steve Bruce is hoping to strengthen his defensive options when the transfer window reopens in January and has identified the Serie A defensive ace as a potential target to improve his squad.

Gunter’s Remarkable Rise In European Football

The 25-year-old came through the youth ranks of Borussia Dortmund before going on to play for Galatasaray back in 2014. After spending four years in Turkey, Gunter joined Genoa as a free agent last summer.

The German defender is currently playing on loan at Hellas Verona until the end of this campaign. He has featured in five matches for Ivan Juric’s side and has conceded four goals in the Italian top-flight thus far. On the defensive end, Gunter has made an average of 1.0 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 2.8 clearances per game (stats via whoscored).

The Hoxter-born talent has also managed to represent Germany at various youth levels but is yet to earn his first international cap for his nation.

What Are The German Prospect’s Greatest Strengths?

Gunter can be a capable defender inside his own box as he can make some important last-ditch clearances for his side. He is a good tackler and can also make a few vital interceptions at the back. However, the German defensive ace needs to find consistency with his performances on the field as he occasionally has a poor game in him.

The potential acquisition of Gunter will undoubtedly bolster Steve Bruce’s defensive options at St. James’ Park. The Genoa centre-back will not only improve Newcastle’s overall depth but will also increase competition for places within the Magpies squad.

Will Gunter Be A Good Fit For Bruce’s Team?

Hence, it makes sense for Bruce to make an offer for the German centre-half this winter. Even though Gunter is unproven and untested at the highest level, he has the makings of a decent defender who could come in and help the Tyneside outfit establish themselves as Premier League regulars in the coming years.

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